Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FRENCH BEST IS STILL TO COME; Best of French Is Yet to Come

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

FRENCH BEST IS STILL TO COME; Best of French Is Yet to Come

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Byline: NEIL CAMERON

MAPOU YANGA-MBIWA has promised Newcastle United fans that the club's French contingent will show their trueRE worth next season.

The defender admitted for the first time that he struggled to adjust to the style and pace of English football following his move from Montpellier in the January transfer window.

And he could have spoken for every acquisition made that month from Ligue 1 - all have suffered dips in form, although injury has played its part with the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Massadio Haidara.

Yanga-Mbiwa, 24, finished the season strongly at left-back and pledged that, come August, he and his fellow countrymen will be fully up to speed regarding what it takes tomakeit at St James' Park. He said: "When I first came to Newcastle, it was definitely complicated coming into an entirely different system. "I have had to adapt to the English game, which wasn't easy for me. It's been a case of me working hard and really grafting in training. …

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